Pacifica City Manager Announces Retirement

City Manager Stephen Rhodes announced last week he will retire this summer.

Pacifica City Manager Stephen Rhodes announced last week he will retire at the end of July after six years managing the city, according to a report in the Mercury News.

His last day of service coincides with the end of his contract with the city.

According to the Mercury News, Rhodes provided six months notice so City Council will hopefully have time to recruit a new city manager before he leaves.

Before he was appointed by the Pacifica City Council in 2007, Rhodes worked in local government in both Oregon and California.

He will have served 37 years in his career at the time of his retirement.

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I fixxy Pacifica December 29, 2012 at 01:55 AM
a reserve is a separate fund. the city never had a separate fund. case closed. there was never a reserve. I agree city council did not know what a reserve was from 2002-2010. but city council approves all budgets. they had the power to say no to anything rhodes proposed. they never said no.
Lionel Emde December 29, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Dude, are you a city council member or top staffer? Only denial or ignorance of the situation would allow for such puffery. This city council takes its marching orders from staff. "Will it save us money, Steve?," they bleated in the pension obligation bond process, which, at a later, concealed date, cost the public more than $20 million. This is a council of people so utterly unqualified in fiscal matters that they employ charlatans to compose the city budget - pity the increasingly poor taxpayer.
The Pacifican December 29, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Yes, Lionel. I am a former City Council member. And as such I know a bit more than you about how it works. I'll repeat it since you didn't seem to hear it the first time. The City Council is responsible for all of the decison making by officals and staff in this city. Period. Yes, we delegate some of the decision making but we remain responsible and totally accountable. Staff, e.g., City Manager, City Attorney, Planning Director all have advisory roles to Council. Again, Council is the one to blame if you don't like how something is done in this City. What's your problem, Lionel? Don't you like it when someone accepts responsibility for soemthing? Guess you're just not used to it. Well, get used to it!
Lionel Emde January 01, 2013 at 07:12 AM
BS, The reserve was a reserve, people saying it wasn't ought to look at the budget. The thing to remember about Pacifica's city council is that they receive staff's advice as gospel, and rarely if ever challenge it. That's why the reserves got spent, they never heard the words: "Don't do this."
Chris Porter January 04, 2013 at 10:46 PM
People cannot be that naive to think the City Manager is calling the shots. He is not. Many times Council members will ask what seems like repetitive or inane questions of staff at meetings to get out to the public the answers to things that have been discussed in either closed session or in individual Council member discussions with City Staff. The City Manager did not spend the reserves but different Council members pushed forth their individual ideas since 2007 relying, I think, on the continuation of the status quo of the economy and monies from the County and State. The City Manager, on many occasions of meetings I was present at, spoke of the dwindling reserves to different Councils so he was definitely aware of what the reserve balances were but realize if Council says spend he cannot say no. Council does not take staff's recommendations as "gospel" but as a continuing fact finding mission. I have personally worked with six city managers and would put this one in the top two. This will definitely be Pacifica's los when a man of this stature ad knowledge leaves our town government.


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